Introduction: Andrea Bocelli (03:16)
Andrea Bocelli lost his eyesight completely after a soccer injury. Luciano Pavarotti invited the young singer to record a duet of Miserere. Notable concerts include The Statue of Liberty, Italy's anniversary celebration, and Verona Arena's celebration.
Bocelli: Childhood (01:52)
Bocelli grew up in a small village in Tuscany where he was diagnosed with congenital glaucoma. The tenor learned how to play the guitar, the sax, the drums, trumpet, and piano. Bocelli attended the University of Pisa and studied law.
Bocelli: Career Beginnings (04:34)
Bocelli married Enrica Cenzatti, his childhood sweetheart, and had two children. Franco Corelli inspired the tenor to pursue a career in music. Zucchero held auditions to make a demo tape of "Miserere" for Pavarotti.
Bocelli: First Recordings (04:44)
Bocelli released his self-titled album, which sold over 11 million copies. Sarah Brightman recorded "Time to Say Goodbye" with the singer, which became an international bestseller. PBS filmed "A Night in Tuscany" for American audiences.
"Sacred Arias" (03:50)
Bocelli debuted as Rudolfo in "La Boheme" at the Cagliari Theater. President William Clinton asked the tenor to sing at the White House after giving a performance at the Kennedy Center. PBS filmed Bocelli singing his favorite arias inside the Santa Maria Sopra Minerva.
Bocelli: American Popularity (07:03)
In 1999, Bocelli debuted at the Michigan Opera Theater but the critics were unimpressed. Celine Dion and the tenor recorded "The Prayer." Bocelli performed and filmed "The Statue of Liberty Concert"; Larry Weinstein and Bocelli collaborated on "Tuscan Skies."
Bocelli: International Superstar (04:01)
Bocelli sung with Christina Aguilera at the Sanremo Music Festival. Critics felt that Bocelli did not suit more dramatic roles. The tenor performed for the royal family at the Institute for the Blind's gala; Bocelli sung at Pavarotti's wedding and funeral.
Ambassador of Italian Music (05:44)
Bocelli sung "Music of the Night" from "Phantom of the Night" at the concert for Diana and at the Piazza del Duomo to commemorate the anniversary of the formation of the Republic of Italy. At Teatro dell'Opera di Roma, Bocelli portrayed Don José in George Bizet's "Carmen."
Bocelli: Humanitarian Efforts (02:44)
Bocelli received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is well known for his philanthropic work with the Andrea Bocelli Foundation. The tenor sung "Nessum Dorma" at the conclusion of his concert in Central Park.
Bocelli: Later Career (06:03)
Bocelli hosted celebrity night at the Colosseum; only 499 guests could attend. Matteo Bocelli and the tenor recorded "Fall on Me." Experts discuss Bocelli's career and legacy.
Credits: Andrea Bocelli (00:37)
Credits: Andrea Bocelli
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